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Sonsie Restaurant - Boston

Reviewed by:
Kellie K. Speed,
Restaurant Reviewer

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Newbury Street in Boston has a special air to it - one that reflects a trendy, fashionable crowd. Newbury Street is to Boston as Rodeo Drive is to Hollywood.

With that said, many restaurants along this strip are very upscale and attract a chic following. When we visited Sonsie at 327 Newbury Street, we were pleasantly surprised at the mixture of people frequenting both the restaurant and bar. The menu at this high-profile restaurant is not overpriced, much to our delight.

The appetizers were incredible. I sampled the special, a crab salad which was light and lemony. We also ordered the corn and crab chowder ($7) which was sweet and creamy. The lemon Caesar salad ($6.50) was fresh and crisp and had the right amount of dressing. When the steamed mussels arrived ($9.25), I couldn’t believe how many were served. There must have been over two dozen served with a Budweiser butter.

This five-year-old restaurant opens the front 12-foot French doors to an open-air cafe where most people go for a cup of cappuccino or espresso and enjoy people-watching.

Daily breads and desserts are all baked at Sonsie. The entire menu seems to reflect Chef Bill Poirier’s good taste.

The entrees here were equally as impressive. I selected the angel hair pasta with broccoli and scallops ($12.75), which was light and fresh. The scallops were very tender and juicy.

My companion ordered the 16 ounce grilled sirloin steak ($25), a tender cut served with a sampling of potatoes.

The potatoes here should be listed as an entree instead of a side order. We tried the five potato sampler ($9.75), which was a combination of sweet potato fries, butter whipped potatoes, mashed potatoes with bacon, onions and sour cream, Ricotta mashed potatoes with basil pesto and chunky new potato hash. This extraordinary side dish was large enough for a family of four but since we love potatoes, we were able to consume most of the sampling.

Other entrees that looked appealing were the blackened white fish with shrimp gumbo ($17.50), roast chicken with honey and lavender ($14) and the braised lamb shank with oven dried tomatoes and fried squash blossoms ($17.75).
Don’t forget to save room for dessert. We tried the strawberry trifle with vanilla chantilly ($6.75) and Chocolate Gianduja Mousse Cake with crushed hazelnuts ($6.75). The desserts were prepared with the same amount of care and attention as the entrees and reflected the pastry chef’s good choice of a selection of the freshest ingredients.

Sonsie is a comfortable restaurant to enjoy reasonably priced food. I look forward to visiting Sonsie again.

Comments? Email: Kellie K. Speed 

327 Newbury Street
Boston, Mass.


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Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahnersí Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

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